Val and Keith Holding: Wheels readers
The Car: 1975 Corvette Stingray.
This is Val’s ’Vette. It’s a 1975 Stingray roadster in the very rare Saddle Brown colour. The gold metallic flake paint has a dazzling copperish pop to it in the sunshine. And it has brought us both a lot of fun in the sun.
In 2010, we found this little gem parked in a driveway of our Etobicoke neighbourhood with a ‘for sale’ sign on it. As we were driving out to dinner one night about a month later, we saw it again and decided to check it out.
We later called the owner and went over to see the car. For Val, it was love at first sight. It was such a unique colour, and it had been very well kept, all original with only 45,000 miles on it.
The owner was a really nice guy who had it for 15 years, only drove it in the summer, and had all the history and maintenance records.
Val said: “I want it. This is the one.” We’ve both fallen in love with this car.
The ’Vette has the L48 350-cubic-inch engine with automatic transmission, and it has been a great car for the past seven years. It’s got 55,000 miles on it now, and we always put it to bed for the winter.
One of my funny memories from the time when we first got the car was Val telling me that there must be a leak in the gas tank. Her previous car was a Honda with a four-cylinder motor. She never had an old V8 before. I told her: “Honey, thank God you didn’t get a big block (engine).”
We’ve had a lot of fun cruising around wine country, going to the cruise nights and classic car shows, where we’ve seen thousands of Corvettes over the years — but never a Saddle Brown one.
We keep it clean and feed it healthy stuff for the old engine, and our buddy, Kelly, at the Shell station, at Bloor St. and Martin Grove Rd., is our car wizard. He takes really good care of many people’s cars in the city’s west end.
The only things that have been changed since we got it were the rear springs, master brake cylinder, and alternator.
Val always had a love for the old cars as her Dad had a 1957 Lincoln Premiere in Metallic Purple when she was young, and she never forgot that old automobile. She’s got fond memories of cruising up to Peterborough, as that was where her dad, Leo’s, favourite fishing spot was. That ’57 Lincoln’s push-button power windows never failed to fascinate Leo’s little girl. Val loved operating the windows, and her dad was always OK with that, he never got mad.
We’re looking forward to cruising places in the Corvette when the warmer seasons return, going for long drives, and checking out all the other eye candy at car shows.
Wherever Val and I drive in our ’75 Corvette Stingray, people of all ages, little kids to seniors, are always giving us the thumbs up. She’s a real beauty.
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